In Twente's far eastern realm, snug on the German border, spectacular sand drifts rise up along the banks of the Dinkel River to meet aromatic juniper bushes, pine forests and flat moorland beyond to form a protected, 750-hectare nature reserve. The tiny hamlet of De Lutte is the starting point for a 35km circular cycling trail into the Lutterzand (closed when river water levels are too high) and walkers can enjoy five marked trails (3km to 7km long).

Pick up maps and information at the Tourist Information Point inside the Paviljoen Lutterzand in De Lutte.

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1. De Museumfabriek


Designed to pique and inspire curious minds of all ages, this unusual gallery mixes history-related exhibits with applied arts, local traditional crafts,…

2. Monument vuurwerkramp Enschede

9.04 MILES

This unusual monument in a grassy park in front of De Museumfabriek remembers the 23 people who died and thousands injured following a fatal explosion in…

3. Rijksmuseum Twenthe

9.08 MILES

Only a fraction of the 9000-piece art collection of Twente's fine arts museum is exhibited at any one time at this attractive villa, arranged in two wings…

4. Grolsch Brewery

12.52 MILES

One of the world's most famous beers, easily recognisable by its iconic swing-top Pilsner bottle, has been brewed in Enschede since 1895. Guided tours…